News

VIDEO: Riders rip into action on Chinchilla tracks

FLYING dirt, roaring motorbikes and big smiles marked the return of one of Chinchilla's biggest annual fundraising events.

The Chinchilla State School P&C exceeded expectations at the weekend, drawing 583 riders to the polocrosse grounds for the high-octane spectacle.

Riders came from as far as Charleville, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Brisbane to enjoy a rough, noisy and high-speed tour of the rivers and scrub to Chinchilla's south.

At early estimations, the hugely popular event looks to have raised more than $30,000 towards Chinchilla State School.

In a new approach this year riders had a choice of two loops spanning 10 farming properties and crossing Raftery's Rd, connected by a fuel and food pit stop.

Whether opting for the easy-going River Loop (25km) or the 60km open country challenge (60km), riders were safe in the hands of recovery crews and sweeping rider patrols, led by Ian Kerr.

Event co-ordinator Katrina McDonald said riders gave the new two-loop option a big tick of approval, while a custom-build Enduro-Cross track also got the participants talking.

The Enduro-Cross track - essentially an obstacle course for trail bikes - tested the skills of riders and provided an opportunity for increased spectator involvement, which is usually restricted given the long-distance nature of trail rides.

There were stacks, bogs, squealing tyres and plumes of acrid smoke and mud as the riders showed off for the spectators in the arena; on Saturday alone, more than 60 bikers attacked the track.

While for veterans it was just another weekend, for first-time rider Gerard Bellgrove it was a chance to finally put his bike to good use - with his mates "babysitting" from behind, of course.

Mrs McDonald thanked land owners, volunteers and the whole Chinchilla community for its support.

"It's great that people continue to support the event, regardless of whether or not they have children at the school," she said.

However, the weekend did not finish without incident.

RACQ CareFlight airlifted 16-year-old Ashley Davis from Jandowae from the event after he came off his bike after hitting a rock.

Ashley suffered an internal injury but returned home to rest on Tuesday where he was expected to make a full recovery.

Topics:  chinchilla, fundrasier, trail ride


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'Cynical, deceitful' hospital chief jailed for fraud

Veronica Chung is led away by police following her sentencing.

Woman trembled as she was sent to jail for fraud

Tara cadets get warm welcome at unit launch

Gowrie Little Plain Rural Fire Brigade's Ryan Peterson demonstrates what happens when you try to extinguish an oil fire with water.

Tara Emergency Services Cadets unit officially launched

Latest deals and offers

Suspicious fire destroys homestead in Western Downs

POLICE are investigating a suspicious fire at a property in The Gums last night.

'Cynical, deceitful' hospital chief jailed for fraud

Veronica Chung is led away by police following her sentencing.

Woman trembled as she was sent to jail for fraud

Tara cadets get warm welcome at unit launch

Gowrie Little Plain Rural Fire Brigade's Ryan Peterson demonstrates what happens when you try to extinguish an oil fire with water.

Tara Emergency Services Cadets unit officially launched

Botanical gardens master plan sows seeds of division

NEW LOOK: Committed to investing in the things that matter to our community, Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman and Mayor Paul McVeigh inspect concept plans for a botanical garden on the railway land behind the Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Community reacts to $300k announcement of Botanical Gardens

Cattle targeted by domestic dogs in ‘thrill kill’

HEARTBREAKING: Hopeland grazier Tammy Horrocks next to the carcass of one of her cows, which was brought down by domestic dogs last week in a “thrill kill”.

Responsible dog ownership will stop 'thrill kills'

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

F1 pit stop in 1.92 seconds

Williams team make 1.92 second pit stop.

Williams Formula 1 team change all four tyres in equal fastest time ever.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"